02 – 04 June 2023
Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli
Henry Ford once said, "Coming together is the beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success."
This three-day program was all about coming together, being together, and working together to achieve the motto of this orientation program, "Saha Veeryam Karavava Hai" (together we shall work).
These three-day orientation sessions served as a warm-up to understand our collective responsibility and familiarize ourselves with the vision of this mission, led by our Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai.
We listened to several talks, including those from our chancellor and students whose stories of transformation are a testament to the impact of our education system. There were also video presentations on Sadguru's three vertical projects - nutrition, educare, and healthcare - as well as on the life of Madiyal Narayan Bhat, a visionary with a mission.
Sadguru then blessed us all with His divine message, reiterating the Shanti Mantra: Sahana Vavatu (may all be protected), Sahanau bhunaktu (may all enjoy this process of learning), sahaviryam karavavahai (together we shall work), tejasvi na vadi tamastu (let this knowledge remain with us), ma vid visha va Hai (let us not trouble each other), which ultimately leads us to a peaceful learning experience.
The evening session concluded with a cultural performance by the university's department of performing arts.
There were also intradepartmental group discussions on how to achieve individual, departmental, and institutional excellence with spirituality as the core. In the evening, each department presented their views based on the insights from their discussions. After the presentations, Sadguru reiterated the importance of three objectives: lifelong learning, achieving global standards, and engaging in multidisciplinary research in pursuit of excellence.
Sunday, being a fun day, began with early morning prayers followed by enjoyable games at the Hridaya Mandir ground. All staff enthusiastically participated in games like the three-legged race, dodgeball, and tug of war.
These three days brought our staff together to eat, pray, and play as a team.
After the fun and games, we took part in the Maha Vishnu, Dhanvantari, and Maha Mrtyunjaya Homa ceremonies, where we learned about the scientific significance behind these rituals, beautifully explained by Sadguru.
On the third day of the orientation program, a quiz was conducted, and for the first time, we witnessed our professors being put to the test. The program concluded with a group lunch with Sadguru.